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Master of Social Work (program code: 0350)

  • Advanced Standing Program - Credits: 39
  • Regular Program - Credits: 57 

Program Description

The Master of Social Work (MSW) program is committed to:

  • Developing students' personal and professional growth.
  • Appreciating diversity.
  • Using an advanced generalist perspective to make a difference in underserved environments.
  • Preparing graduates to be highly competent, effective and well regarded social work practitioners.

Our MSW program prepares students to respond professionally and creatively to the increasingly complex matrix of human needs and strengths in a changing society. It also provides students with a theoretical and professional practice focused curriculum in social work that promotes an understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity and its importance to competent advanced generalist practice. Built on a professional advanced generalist curriculum model, the program prepares students to work in direct and indirect practice and develops their leadership capacities to address and meet needs that affect people in southwestern Pennsylvania, including urban environments, and is designed for students with bachelor's degrees in psychology, social sciences, sociology, liberal arts and other disciplines.

The 57-credit regular MSW program requires two years (four semesters). The part-time regular program takes three years; students must register for at least 6 credits each semester, are required to follow the plan for appropriate course sequencing and must complete degree requirements within six years. The advanced standing program has 39 credits and is designed for students with bachelor's degrees in social work from Council on Social Work Education accredited programs. It takes three semesters of full-time study. Part-time advanced standing students follow requirements for part-time students and normally finish in two years (four semesters). 

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on-ground, face-to face delivery, with some online/distance elements)

Accreditation

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Curriculum - Master of Social Work (Advanced Standing) 

Course Credits
SWK 705  Human Behavior and the Social Environment 3
SWK 715  Research, Policy and Rural Social Work Practice 3
SWK 801  Advanced Generalist Practice 3
SWK 803  Differential Assessment 3
SWK 806  Rural Family and Community Policy 3
SWK 808  Advanced Practice Evaluation 3
SWK 812  Practice in Supervision and Administration 3
SWK 829  Advanced Field Practicum I 6
SWK 830  Advanced Field Practicum II 6
SWK Practice Electives* (2)
6
Total 39
   
*Practice Electives  
SWK 811  Practice with Aging in Rural and Small Town Environments 3
SWK 813  Practice in Health Care and Health Planning in Rural and Small Town Environments 3
SWK 814  Practice in Mental Health/Mental Retardation in Rural and Small Town Environments 3
SWK 815  Juvenile and Adult Justice System Practice in Rural and Small Town Environments 3
SWK 816  Practice with Children and Youth in Rural and Small Town Environments 3
SWK 821  Social Work with Substance Abuse/Addictions in Rural and Small Town Environments 3
SWK 840  Electives (varied) 3


Curriculum - Master of Social Work (Regular) 

Course Credits
SWK 701  Generalist Practice I 3
SWK 702  Generalist Practice II 3
SWK 705  Human Behavior and the Social Environment 3
SWK 707  Human Diversity  3
SWK 709  Social Welfare Policy and Services 3
SWK 716  Social Work Research Methodology and Data Analysis  3
SWK 730  First Year Field Practicum 6
SWK 801  Advanced Generalist Practice 3
SWK 803  Differential Assessment 3
SWK 806  Rural Family and Community Policy 3
SWK 808  Advanced Practice Evaluation 3
SWK 812  Practice in Supervision and Administration 3
SWK 829  Advanced Field Practicum I 6
SWK 830  Advanced Field Practicum II 6
SWK Practice Electives* (2)
6
Total 57
   
*Practice Electives  
SWK 811  Practice with Aging in Rural and Small Town Environments 3
SWK 813  Practice in Health Care and Health Planning in Rural and Small Town Environments 3
SWK 814  Practice in Mental Health/Mental Retardation in Rural and Small Town Environments 3
SWK 815  Juvenile and Adult Justice System Practice in Rural and Small Town Environments 3
SWK 816  Practice with Children and Youth in Rural and Small Town Environments 3
SWK 821  Social Work with Substance Abuse/Addictions in Rural and Small Town Environments 3
SWK 840  Electives (varied) 3


Advisement

Students in the social work program receive academic and professional advisement from the program coordinator and program faculty. Each student is assigned to an academic adviser from the time they are accepted into the program of study. Advisers work with students to discuss, monitor and provide advisement as it relates to their program of study.

Program Website

https://www.calu.edu/academics/graduate/masters/social-work/index.aspx 

For Additional Information

Email: gradschool@calu.edu
Phone: 724-938-4187

Program Coordinator

Dr. Sheri Boyle, Ph.D. (Widener University), M.S.W. (University of Pennsylvania), B.A. (UCLA), Associate Professor and Chair of Department of Social Work

Webpage: https://www.calu.edu/inside/faculty-staff/profiles/sheri-boyle.aspx 
Email: boyle@calu.edu
Phone
: 724-938-1597

Program Faculty

Ann B. Bergamasco L.S.W.; M.S.W. (University of Pittsburgh), B.S. (California University of Pennsylvania), Field Coordinator

Dr. Selina Matis, L.C.S.W.; Ph.D. (Widener University), M.S.W. (California University of Pennsylvania), M.S. (California Univeristy of Pennsylvania), B.S. (California University of Pennsylvania), Instructor

Dr. Gwendolyn D. Perry-Burney, Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh), M.S.B.A. (California University of Pennsylvania), M.S.W., B.S.W. (Temple University), Professor

Dr. T. Thao Pham,
 L.S.W.; Ph.D., (Columbia University), M.S.W. (Smith College), B.A. (University of Houston), Assistant Professor

Dr. Rosalie Smiley,
L.S.W.; M.S.W., M.P.H., Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh), Professor

Dr. Pamela C. Twiss,
Ph.D., M.S.W. (University of Pittsburgh), B.A. (Point Park College), Professor

For faculty bios, visit: https://www.calu.edu/inside/faculty-staff/profiles/